Michele Bachmann fakes her own family's history

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Bachmann fakes her family story.
​There are some cultures in which telling self-serving lies about your own ancestors would be so shameful as to be inconceivable. Michele Bachmann's culture is apparently not one of these.

Bachmann, who's flirting with a presidential run, was in the early-primary state of Iowa last week for the Rediscover God in America conference. Bachmann was born in Iowa, as she told the crowd. But she couldn't leave it at just being an ordinary Iowan:

"I'm actually even more than just an Iowan," she told her audience. "I'm a seventh-generation Iowan. Our family goes back to the 1850s, to the first pioneers that came to Iowa from Sognfjord, Norway."

And from there, Bachmann was off and running, spinning an American story about her ancestors, Melchior and Martha Munson, who braved a 13-week ocean passage to Quebec and from there trekked overland to carve a homestead out of the wilderness of Iowa, felling trees and building a better life for themselves on the frontier.

Unfortunately, the story doesn't hold water, as researcher Chris Rodda ably points out at OpEdNews.

"I was watching her speech, and it was when she said that she was a seventh-generation Iowan that I knew something was wrong," Rodda tells City Pages. "She's in her fifties--there's no way there could be seven generations between her and ancestors in the 1850s."

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Bachmann, extra-Iowanized.
​So Rodda, who has a background in genealogical research, decided to do a little digging. Without too much trouble, she found that Bachmann is actually a fourth-generation American, not seventh, as she claimed. And that's just the start.

Bachmann's immigrant ancestors didn't make a pilgrimage straight to the promised land of Iowa. From Quebec, they went to Wisconsin. That's where the 1860 census found them. From there, they moved to the Dakota Territory.

Bachmann claims that her people "kept going, and they persevered" through floods and crippling winters. Well, kind of. After enduring those trials in the unforgiving Dakota Territory, they actually turned tail and retreated to the relative ease and safety of...Iowa.

"Okay," Bachmann apologists may be saying at this point, "but history is hard and stuff! Maybe this was just an honest mistake."

Not a chance, Rodda says.

"The only historical sources where she could have found some of the details of her story--like the 13-week ocean passage--also clearly show that her family went to Wisconsin, not Iowa," Rodda says. "She couldn't have known those things without knowing that the whole premise of her speech was a lie."

You can read the whole of Rodda's excellent historical fact-checking here.

And here's video of Bachmann telling her imaginary American tale:

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Rkwerner
Rkwerner

Mrs. Bachmann may actually be grateful that anyone so knowledgeable about doing the research was so helpful.  My father was sure that our German family came first to Canada and came through Michigan to reside in Indiana. Years later I met distant relatives who maticulously followed the generations.  The truth; My great grandfather went via Ellis Island and traveled to Milwaukee.  Under the homestead act in Indiana, he moved there to farm.  Ironic that I moved to Milwaukee years before discovering the historical connection!

Cae
Cae

What was the relationship of the Munson's to Bachmann, 'cause that would settle it.If they hit the Dakotas before Iowa is insignificant. 

spookybarnacles
spookybarnacles

I hate being from Waterloo. I still currently live in Waterloo. Iowa is a suckfest, not a magically majestic land of wonder. We are a cultural cesspool. I didn't think I could be more ashamed to be from this state, until Bachmann. Congratulations Bachmann, you kicked my shame points up to 100%.

Myrtlesus
Myrtlesus

Every Kirk I've ever seen is a stoopid jerk, this one is no exception. Focus on the article. Or go roll another dobie since that is what you like. Michele is an idiot, without even trying. She has zero chance at being elected but will waste money trying to show that she can take on contenders. Let the GOP spend all their hard earned cash on politicians that are stupid, ignorant, liars and wannabees. Personally, I would save my money.

Freedom NOT Socialism
Freedom NOT Socialism

We have a person in office who will not show us a real birth certificate- maybe because he does not have one. This article wastes time on attacking Bachmann about 4 vs 7 generations? Go get Obama to release his real birth certificate. By the way did Nick Pinto bother to ask Bachmann about how she counted seven generations? Get the facts before you write if you are really a journalist.

ryanvomdach
ryanvomdach

Michele goes down as the Lord Worplesdon of the Bachmann clan:"He couldn't tell me anything I didn't know about the old boy's eccentricity. This Lord Worplesdon was Florence's father. He was the old buster who, a few years later, came down to breakfast one morning. Lifted the first cover he saw, said 'Eggs! Eggs! Eggs! Damn all eggs!' in an overwrought sort of voice, and instantly legged it for France, never to return to the bosom of his family. This, mind you, being a bit of luck for the bosom of the family, for old Worplesdon had the worst temper in the county."

Aarchie446
Aarchie446

THE GREAT ONE

Representative Bachmann beat Tarryl Clark, Progressive Minnesota project's non profit Soros handy men by double didgets. The great one beat the big spend liberal like a "rented Harley"

The Great one recieved over 100,000 donations of less than $45.00 from kitchen table lobbyists from all over Sweet America, The GREAT ONE has so much support from "small time" American citizens she does not even have to solicit money for her campaign, When she does Small Kitchen table Americans will surpass the 750 million Dollars Obama collected for his presidential run, supposedly $1.00 at a time from downtrodden and desperatly poor citizens living underbridges because of Republican Tax cuts. OK,.. and a few dozen financial intstitutions. and The Internationale' Unions.The Socialist demosocialists, internationale' union thugs., Radical Islammist's and home grown 60's Radical student Communists .. Find the GREAT ONE A HUGE THREAT TO THEIR public funds that fund the socialists , Run for your strong hold in Venezuela in 2012 Comrades.

The Joker
The Joker

Just curious, where was Chris Rodda with his investigative prowess back in 2007 and 2008 when the whole world was wondering just who in the heck this half black dude named Obama was? If Mr. Rodda spent half the time investigating Obama and getting to the truth behind why all his college records have been sealed from the public as he obviously did in discovering that Mrs. Bachmann was only a 5th generation Iowan, perhaps he might actually make a name for himself. Until then, he's just another liberal hack and Obama is still a complete mystery.....

Dutches1965
Dutches1965

On the other hand, Kirk the Jerk, if you were born in any state in this country, regardless of who your parents were, you are a citizen of this country - and no one but yourself, at a time when you reach age 21, can relinquish that status. I can't do it, your parents can't do it, no one can do it except yourself. The most any guardian may do is apply for dual citizenship for you in whatever country you'fre living in, but your US citizenship remain until such time as,at a legal age, you voluntarily relinquish it, or it is removed as punishment for some crime which has found you expunged.

URstupid
URstupid

The fact that people think politicians never lie, and a misunderstanding of American foreign policy just goes to show how thick many American's are. All politicians bend the truth, many just out right lie. I think Obama, is doing the best that he can for his people. Much like Bush did his best for his people (the Oil, construction, government contracting tycoons et al).

There is a difference between covert operations and invasion. The idiot who posted that they had a family member special op person deployed is an idiot. Most people have covert operations going on - this is not an invasion, by any form of law. Obama, accepted that in order to help, he would back NATO strikes. This is not an invasion like the Bush era's.

Lobbying organizations support those people who will help them the most - it's natural that Obama allowed excessive funding to occur, that's the power of lobbying - nothing that he is doing was not done by Bush et al. If you are mad about Obama, then you should really get more engaged in the political system and fight the true evils, rather than rant about political heads of state who are just puppets to the lobbying firms and their bitches.

Those who are quick to discredit Obama, and not so quick to discredit Bush, and are so very lacking in education of the history of foreign policy.

AnonOmis
AnonOmis

From:Michele Bachmann's 10 biggest "Oh no she didn't" moments...

Ya'll Are A Bunch of Dumbasses 5 months ago

•What can you say about a bunch of dumbasses in Minnesota who elect conspiracy theorists professional wrestlers and comedians to public office. Well, whatever it is, it's pointless to elaborate logically because you're all a bunch of dumbasses. I think you have bigger problems to worry about than Michele Bachmann...you dumbasses. •Flag •1 person liked this. Like ReplyReply • >>>>>>> AnonOmis 1 hour ago in reply to Ya'll Are A Bunch of Dumbasses <<<<<<<

•Bulls Eye... I lived there, but don't be too hard on the Midwest. The Church and governments are corrupted and not only use and abuse and enslave the Tri-state (+), they actually use drugs, poisons, and hypnosis to create hate, crime, and chaos. Therefore, it's not the people, it's the Church, gov, and secret societies that are the "dumb asses". They think they're doing themselves a favor by using the above means to prevent a rising up against them...but they are actually creating a fierce hateful rise. Here we come...

Dumb Asses!

•Flag •2 people liked this.

YoureKiddingRight
YoureKiddingRight

Just hold the same standard for the mighty O please and we'll all actually read your post about others. The documented lies in O's background, statements, speeches, etc...will keep you busy researching for a LONG time. Shameless and lame post.

sigh
sigh

LOL this blog is too funny. Obama can't even get his current generation family history correct.

Obama, Sept 2009: "My father left my family when I was two years old and I was raised by a single mother." LIE. Obama Sr left Hawaii before Obama was even a year old. And Obama wasn't even in Hawaii at the time. Stanley Ann took Obama with her to enroll at the University of Washington.

Obama, 2004: "My parents shared not only an improbable love, they shared an abiding faith in the possibilities of this nation." HAHAHAHA

Obama, [Charleston Gazette (West Virginia) April 8, 2008, Tuesday, available on Lexis.com]:

“My grandfather signed up for a war the day after Pearl Harbor was bombed". LIE. His grandfather, Stanley A. Dunham, enlisted in the Army on June 18 1942, six months after Pearl Harbor.

I could be here all day...

Obama, 2007: "They looked at each other and they decided, 'We know that in the world, as it has been, it might not be possible for us to get together and have a child, but something is stirring across the country because of what happened in Selma, Ala., because some folks are willing to march across the bridge.' And so they got together and Barack Obama Jr. was born. So don't tell me I don't have a claim on Selma, Ala.!" LIE. Obama was born in 1961; the Selma march was four years later.

I've got plenty more material, days and days worth, but you get the point. On second thought, you probably don't get the point.

LameLiberalsExcuses
LameLiberalsExcuses

Michelle Bachmann,a great Conservative, who can make the Libs soil their diapers. Then we find out things liberal really get incensed about. Meanwhile, Incompetent Alfred E. Obama, can lie every time his lips move,with a smooth baritone voice and the Liberals are licking his boots.

Gagmewaspoon
Gagmewaspoon

"She's in her fifties--there's no way there could be seven generations between her and ancestors in the 1850s."

What are you talking about? A generation is generally considered to be 20 years so seven generations would be 140 years, which would take us to the 1990s. Good grief, why don't you find something worthwhile to criticize the woman about other than her knowledge of her family tree, which she probably learned from a family member based on oral history alone. Get a grip, lefties.

Mike C.
Mike C.

Ya, I know what you mean, like having everyone believe that you were born a US citizen but then making it look like on some moral high ground you shouldn't have to prove it when all it would take is a birth certificate. I guess pulling an actual copy of it would be more difficult than researching someone's entire family history, unless of course there is an agenda involved, hummm!!!

Abeer Foamy
Abeer Foamy

Now that we know her family comes from Wisconsin, you can cut her some slack because we tolerate liars in office. Here is the real tea party. Very good video by Thom Hartmann

http://www.youtube.com/watch?f...

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

One of my biggest fears is that my freedom loving clear thinking Tea Party Republican base might read an article like this and realize "Holy cow! Michelle Bachmann is really a pathological liar and pretty much everything she says is stupid, untrue, and/or crazy." That's why on my website I'm currently offering the Tea Party Freedom Bubble for the low price of $49.99. Don't let your worldview be influenced by things like reason, facts, or logic, let the Freedom Bubble protect you. The Freedom Bubble is a plastic bag with an American Flag on it. (God's flag) Simple place the Tea Party Freedom Bubble over your head and breath in rapidly. Soon you won't be hearing any of the lamestream media's attacks on me. Especially their latest attack that you shouldn't listen to Michelle Bachmann when she tells you to put a plastic bag over your head.

MJS
MJS

I hope this intrepid reporter was as concerned about family accuracy when Biden was running for pres and described his stock broker dad as a coal miner (stolen from Neil Kinnock speech).

Most likely, Bachmann had heard an embellished version of her family history from her own great aunts and uncles. I would hate to see the book reviw this guy would give The Iliad!

Kristi
Kristi

I've been told a lot of stuff about my family's history--and I have no real way of knowing if it's true or not. If I was discussing my family history with someone (not likely that I would, but IF) I might mention that as far as I knew, some of my ancestors had been on the infamous "trail of tears" (forced relocation of several Eastern tribes), as this is what has been told to me and reinforced by various family members. Am I certain it's really true? How could I be, since I don't really care? Am I lying, however, if it turns out not to be true?

A lying Chief Executive is of much greater concern to me than a Senator who misrepresents his or her heritage by a few degrees, whether by intent or accident.

Mark Gisleson
Mark Gisleson

I'm an eighth generation American (on my Mom's side). That means my family got here in 1648. I'm a third generation Iowan (Dad's side). That means his grandfather got here in the 1880s. I thought being conservative was all about family values and knowing these kinds of things.

I guess not.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Obama spells out his own and his family's radical past ties in a couple of HIS books. But no one cares...In fact his other name was Barry Soetoro (a.k.a. Barack Hussein Obama)

As a young man, in Budapest, George Soros was a courier for the Jewish Council, the Nazi-established and Nazi-run organization that ran the Jewish community. The Jewish Council was ultimately controlled by Adolf Eichmann, the man known as the “architect of the Holocaust,” who was in charge of the mass deportation of the Jews of Poland and Hungary to the extermination camps.

And yet the liberals all kneel at the knees of George and his money.... Just like whores

Same spin from CP, different day.

a minority (worker)
a minority (worker)

Obama is stupid, ignorant, liar and look who is President. In two years we will have President Bachmann! Yeah.

Zorromcgee
Zorromcgee

the great one beat the big spending liberal? You're kidding,right? Bachmann outspent Clark by millions

Zorromcgee
Zorromcgee

Well,perhaps only a mystery to you,very little time and effort will show interviews with Obama's college friends, grade school teachers, and pictures of him playing basketball in high school. So perhaps the problem is not with this reporter but with you. And again this article was on Bachmann, can you address her dishonesty rather than change the subject to avoid it?

Mn Vet
Mn Vet

Ur Stupid: No shjt sherlock, I've done both covert operations and invasion. Your an idiot who needs to be sterilized. Obama is responsible for more dead service members in Afghanistan than Bush, Obama has opened a third war front without congressional approval. Obama is a war monger - period. You support a war monger in Obama.

Close all the bases and wars: Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Korea, Japan, Germany - every foreign base. Cut the state department in half. Close the UN and Nato. They are worthless. We are wasting 100,000,000,000's per year on the insanity. Obama is a war monger, death pedler who needs to be impeached! The blood is on Obama and the idiots who voted for him. All the democrats have blood on their hands now you worthless garbage. Go hang yourselfs.

Where is the change and hope??????

AnonOmis
AnonOmis

Stupid is as stupid does...

The "true evils", who are they...

Find out with a little experiment. 1. Stop feeding evil by not feeding the Church (keep your $$$ and feed your family); let this farce called "GOD" feed the Chruch and watch them starve and/or murder for their cause. 2. Stop feeding evil by not feeding the Banks; don't pay loans back (especially school loans universities are just an economic tool to employ poverty, how many of you have a good job directly from your U-education???)...declare bankruptcy if you have to. 3. Stop feeding families like the Bush family by buying only needs and shuting down the oil companies and all corporations (911 is a complex diversion to the Enron scandal and the Catholic/Christian Church enslaving the world's people). Mom and Pop stores make a living off their biz and therefore are more safe/honest/economically sound (and if not, less people loose their job and it won't have as great an effect on the economy as a whole). Corps use the same tactics that built the USA...Cheat, Break their own laws/rules in their favor, and Piracy.

Stop trying to get rich/wants quick and start looking out for #1...your family.

Dumb Asses! Stupid Asses! Kick their Asses...with their own tricks!

Zorromcgee
Zorromcgee

show me outright lies by obama about anything,not slips of the toungue but lies told over and over-I can list dozens by bachmann

Zorromcgee
Zorromcgee

I would put obamas honesty up against bachmanns, ignorance/lies any day of the week!

Zorromcgee
Zorromcgee

she was born in about 1956, she says that she is the 7th generation since 1850,, that means every woman in her family gave birth at age 14 for her to be the 7th genration. Looking at her mentailty, I guess thats possible

Michelle Bachmann
Michelle Bachmann

Great point. How can we know if anything is true? I think its perfectly ok to just go around and say whatever comes into your head. Sometimes when some stupid liberal is really hammering me with their facts or logic I scream at them "MY GRANDMOTHER DIED IN THE HOLOCAUST!!!!!!!!!!!!" until they shut up and go away. Does it really matter if my Grandma really died in the holocaust? No, I got what I wanted. I'm going to start using your trail of tears story. Even though I know its untrue, its not like me lying about my history devalues the suffering of those that were really victimized by the trail of tears. I'm glad my supporters think its ok when I lie right to their faces. Thank you Kristi if more Americans cared as little as you do about the truth I might get to be President someday. Imagine that, Michelle Bachmann, the first black president. (I'm pretty sure I heard once that I'm black, but what do I care I never bothered to look but it is true I'm black and I will tell people that and if you say its not true you are a racist.)

A 4th Gen. Minnesotan
A 4th Gen. Minnesotan

A: Bachmann lied about that in a recent interview, too--she's a representative, not a senator. B. If you decide to run for a public office and feel compelled to make statements about your personal history, you probably will want to check the facts about your family stories. It is actually very easy to do, especially if you have a staff of people at your disposal. C. As you say, a lying chief executive is of greater concern and heaven help us if Bachmann ever gets that role--she was just named the political figure who makes the most frequent and deliberate lies or misrepresentations of any one in Congress as substantiated by a research team from Newsweek magazine.

EnsignRicky
EnsignRicky

Prescott Bush, grandfather or George W. Bush had his businesses and business interests taken away from him in 1942 for profiting from the rise of Nazi Germany.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P...

And don't bother trying to pull the "if it's wikipedia it's unreliable" crap. Check the references, as they are legitimate.

No one in politics has a clean past.

Zorromcgee
Zorromcgee

Kirk/Jerk-focus! This article is about Bachmann-not Onama-so try to stay on topic. If you want to talk about obama then write an article and submit to the paper. Now if you want, please demonstrate your powers of reasoning and explain Bachmann's comments.

green23
green23

So what you are saying is that Bachmann is just as bad as Obama and Soros.

Look, this whole "hypocrisy" angle that you keep working is only valid if you criticise the people in your own ranks, too. And you never do that. So you are just making yourself look like a hypocrite, while calling out the hypocrisy of others.

informedliberal
informedliberal

lol... nice name.... wrong facts....

you literally just tried to tie Soros and Eichmann together as though the 10yold Soros was in cahoots with the Nazis in perpetrating genocide against his own family... lol..... wow, the internet is never short on liars....

Myrtlesus
Myrtlesus

Bachmann doesn't have a chance. And calling the President names makes you look stupid, MNnotnicebychoice.

ObamaLies
ObamaLies

Lies by OBAMA: I will close GITMO. I will keep unemployment under 8%. I guess he told the truth when Obama promised to raise gasoline prices!

YoureKiddingRight
YoureKiddingRight

"...obamas honesty..." like why he has registered and used multiple social security numbers over the years? Hmmm

Minnesota Nice by choice
Minnesota Nice by choice

A lying chief executive like obama shutting Gitmo down or that there are 58 states or that 800 million spent will keep unemployment below 8% or he will not invade another muslim country (libya) or Obama will abide by the spending limits for federal money.....do I need to add the dozens of lies this criminal Obama has spread!

David Foureyes
David Foureyes

Kirk is proud to have never taken a class in argument and not know what Ad Hominem and Red Herrings are.

Education is for the liberal elite media constitution birth certificate jobs abortion family values....shit, sorry...got stuck in a Fox News loop.

Zorromcgee
Zorromcgee

You are wasting your time correcting the Jerk, he is immune to things like facts, logic and reason. He thinks if he says them loud enough and often enough people will think its true. He has been proven wrong dozens of time but sadly there is no upward turn in the learning curve.

Zorromcgee
Zorromcgee

OK, perhaps you should look up the definition of lie and prediction-those were goals he set, and since we have a president and not a king, he cannot accomplish those on his own. Show me where he has lied about facts-like Bachmanns lies about the founding fathers, death panels, CO2 , ect

Minnesota by choice
Minnesota by choice

I mean, c'mon: A typical liberal idiot will do a personal attack, try to change the subject then bring race into the discussion. You didn't answer the question about OBAMA LIES: He promised unemployment would not go over 8% if he spent a trillion for his GE cronies who did not pay taxes and the UAW from going bankrupt. He invaded Libya: my brother is there right now as special op on the ground. Nato is leading the operation but it is an American Admiral who is in charge you pathetic piss of shit. Obama is a lying sack of S###. The criminal Obama needs to be impeached and you need to go volunteer for the army since you trust obama the war monger. The stimulus did NOT prevent a depression. That is the biggest lie. Wow are you stupid. Are you a wisconsin teacher by chance?

I mean, c'mon.
I mean, c'mon.

Uh, dude, you're so off as to be comical. You're confusing a gaff with an intentional lie. The stimulus package DID prevent a second Great Depression. And where are the troops in Libya? I don't see any. It's a NATO operation, not a US operation. And it is sanctioned by the Arab League and UN. Please, do a little research before you reveal your ignorant hate for a black president.

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